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True Catholic media doesn’t look for heretics everywhere

VATICAN (CNS): The rise of media that call itself Catholic but seem to exist only to judge others is less about criticising Pope Francis and more about the misguided notion that to affirm one’s own orthodoxy, one must find someone to label a heretic, Andrea Tornielli, the new editorial director of the Dicastery for Communication said on January 24.
 
Tornielli was commenting on Pope Francis’ remarks in Panama to the bishops of Central America on January 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists.
 
Successful evangelisation, the pope told the bishops, does not need vast financial resources or dozens of events, but it does require “the centrality of compassion.”
 
However, Pope Francis added, “I worry that compassion is losing its centrality in the Church. Even Catholic groups have lost it, or, to be less pessimistic, are losing it.”
 
The pope said that, “In some Catholic communications media, there is no compassion.” Instead, one finds “schism, condemnation, malice, fury, self-aggrandisement (and) the denunciation of heresy.”
 
Tornielli, writing for Vatican News, said the picture painted by the pope “unfortunately is a reality in front of everyone’s eyes: even among media that proclaim themselves Catholic, there is the spreading habit of wanting to judge everything and everyone, putting themselves on a pedestal and getting worked up especially over brothers and sisters in the faith who have different opinions.”
 
Tornielli wrote, “One must not think this profoundly anti-Christian attitude—even if carried by ‘Catholic’ media—is a transitory phenomenon tied only to the daily criticism of the current pontiff.” 
 
The posture of such Catholics, he said, has less to do with the way Pope Francis challenges their assumptions and their faith and more to do with them thinking “each day my identity requires me to pick an enemy I can pounce on, someone to attack, someone to condemn, someone to judge as a heretic.”

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